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April 2015

Dear Praying Friends of Bethel,

As the school year moves rapidly toward a close, the Minnesota campus has awakened from its slumber, and Lake Valentine has been entirely ice-free since 9 a.m. on March 29! Bob Kistler with the Office of Teaching & Learning Technology, has been keeping records of this campus phenomenon since the fall of 1988. You can see the data for previous years.

Please note that your prayers for student safety over spring break were answered for the musical group tours, missions trips, and sports team travel, as well as all students seeking "R and R." Thank God with us for His hand of protection and blessing on students in all programs.

Our focus for prayer this month comes from Dan Wiersum, associate vice president for planned giving:

  1. Pray as appeals for fiscal year-end requests for support are being prepared for delivery to donors by the end of April
  2. Pray for individual proposals and donor visits happening through the end of May.
  3. Pray for open hears receptive to our requests.
  4. Pray for courage and safety of development officers and President Barnes as we travel.
  5. A candidate finalist for the position of senior vice president for university advancement is coming to campus for interviews on May 1. Pray for a good meeting with the advancement team, with others on campus, and for God's direction.

Please pray also for Board of Trustee meetings, to be held May 7-8. In addition, several faculty members continue to be challenged by significant health issue. Please keep praying for them and for their colleagues who are helping to cover for them during this time. Praise God for the signed purchase agreements for the Bethel Office Center and for the properties on County road E2.

Thank you for keeping Bethel in your hearts and in your prayers.

Grace and peace,

Judy Moseman and Julie Tutt, Co-coordinators

March 2015

Dear Praying Friends of Bethel,

Thanks be to God - your prayers are being answered:

  • At the February Board of Trustees meeting, the Strategic Coalition conveyed 15 recommendations from the strategic planning process - a process for which you had often prayed! The board responded positively and work is already in progress to implement the recommendations.
  • The search for a Vice President for Student Life has culminated in the appointment of William O. Washington, an experienced and well-respected student development professional, currently serving as the Vice President at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois.
  • Good progress is being made on the construction of the Wellness Center. This much-needed facility is on schedule and on budget.

Your prayers are needed for:

  • Key personnel searches for a Senior Vice President for University Advancement and A Chief Marketing Officer, as well as faculty positions in education and biology.
  • Decisions related to the renovations of Pine Tree Center to accommodate those persons and offices who will be moved from the Bethel Office Center, as well as spaces for other key needs outlined in the Campus Master Plan.
  • Significant health issues among the faculty. Please pray for strength and healing.
  • Students returning to campus following spring break, which ends on March 23. Many were vacationing, at home for some rest and relaxation or participating on spring music tours to Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Washington and Oregon. In addition, spring sports teams have been traveling and competing during spring break and 108 students have participated in mission projects - projects in Appalachia, Belize, Chicago, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and New Orleans. Safety, health, positive relationships, and spiritual insights are just some of what we hope for each one.
  • Students and their families who are making decisions about enrolling in Bethel for the coming school year. For the College of Arts & Sciences, especially May 1, which is a key marker and deposit date.

Being able to bring these praises and prayer requests to you, who support and pray for Bethel, is a great encouragement to those who study and work at the university. Again, we thank you for your faithfulness.

In Christ,

Judy Moseman and Julie Tutt, Co-coordinators